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Poster: bbbrew Date: Aug 2, 2009 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Jerry ~

I grew up in Nixon's birthplace
Went to Richard M Nixon Elem. school for a year
Shook the man's hand twice
I grew up surounded by Nixonites
Ive studied my history well
The man was a sociopath
And so were many of the men he hired

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 2, 2009 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Jerry ~

Yep; my old man was the most arch conservative you'd meet (though he mellowed as he aged and was "apolitical" prior to his passing), but as a kid I couldn't understand why he HATED Tricky Dick...early 60s...just seemed a contradiction for his views otherwise.

As I learned more I came to understand...LBJ was more of a contradiction. Sure he was power hungry, good ol boy, with a great grasp of how the (old boy) system worked, and amazingly, initiated a few good plans, and was cautious about Nam to begin with, but Dick really had some significant emotional issues it seems to me. They both could be ruthless, but LBJ could grasp the meaning of public responsibility on some issues.

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Aug 2, 2009 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Jerry ~

Ya, my old man is headed the same apolitical way. Still quite conservitive but accepting of a larger picture with age. However, the recent cancelation of the Pres. helicopter program got his political ire up like I havent seen for many years. He was a lead project manager, contracted thru Lockheed, on that project and worked very hard at it. I felt compelled to mention to him both Gates and McCain were in favor of cancelation. It was a Naval cost overrun thing and he knows that.
Sociopath was a bit blunt of me, of course it's more complex than that. Both men were complicated. LBJ definatly a good ol boy, Bechtel boy, but cared about poverty and I think was capable of remorse and yes, public responsibility. Dick on the other hand, at least publicly, was lacking empathy and a sense of remorse. i.e. " if the pres. does it, it's not wrong." Emotional problems for sure, paranoia, self esteem issues. The old boy was just "ate up". Did some good concerning environmental issues though. So complicated. I wouldnt wish the Presidential job on anyone.
I, for one, believe we live in a corpratocracy. The rest is politricks. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.